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Has the sexual nature of Hollywood gone too far or is it just the new normal?
According to USA Today, as more young stars (think Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Scarlett Johansson) push the boundaries, older celebrities are weighing in on the process.
Suzanne Somers, 66, who rose to fame in 1977 as sexy, ditzy Chrissy on the sitcom Three’s Company, defended Cyrus, telling Access Hollywood Live, “She’s just young. … She’s having fun. I’m actually admiring what she’s doing. I think it’s brilliant marketing. Her brand is sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll — that’s where she wants to go.”
Other stars, such as Sinead O’Connor, have deemed against Cyrus’ antics as not cool. She also said young stars are obscuring their talent by allowing themselves to be “pimped” out.
But come celebrities weren’t so kind in their opinions.
Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones, 37, flat-out told the ladies to tone it down. “This week’s celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular. #stopactinglikewhores,” she said in a mini-rant on Twitter. “There is a whole generation of young women watching. “Sure, be SEXY but leave something to the imagination.”
However, most young stars don’t have an issue with what they’re doing.
“Every pop star wants to look sexy,” says Paris Hilton, 32, whose new single and video, Good Time, features her rolling around poolside in a slinky swimsuit, arching her back and rubbing her body. It was her vision entirely, she says. “I wanted to write something that was talking about having a good time, having fun, not caring what anyone thinks and living your life.”
Britney Spears, arguably one of the first to ride the new wave of hypersexuality in Hollywood, is caught in the sway between being a mom and a sexy pop star.
While chatting recently about her new provocative music video, Work Bitch, to a Boston radio show, she said, “A lot of sex goes into what I do. But sometimes I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was like one outfit through the whole video, and you’re dancing the whole video, and there’s like not that much sex stuff going on.”
It’s undoubted that as more young stars push the envelope, the argument will only rage on.
What do you think? Is Hollywood pushing the envelope too much or is it just the new standard?